Memories of the Alcazar

A couple years ago my husband and I celebrated our 25 wedding anniversary by going on a Mediterranean cruise.  There were many memorable stops but one of my favorites was the Alcazar in Spain.  The pinwheeling arabesque motifs of the Moors was found throughout the architecture of the Alcazar.  Stunningly beautiful!

And, of course, I was not surprised to see that Ann Hanson had captivated this same beauty in a scarf that she named Alhambra.  With great skill she has captured those arabesque motifs found in Islamic art and architecture in this sheer rectangular scarf.

I initially struggled with this pattern because the lace is knit on both sides of the fabric.  The decreases on the back side were tricky and I just could not wrap my mind around it.  After several failed attempts I decided that this was the kind of pattern that one had to do knit with no distractions.  The television was turned off and I settled in to hours of quiet concentration.

My Alhambra was knit with Malabrigo Lace yarn which is an incredibly soft yarn made from 100% pure baby merino.  One skein was all I needed making this a pretty economical project.  It feels as soft as cashmere!

Should you decide to knit this pattern my only recommendation, other than a sit in a quiet knitting spot, is that you use the very sharpest of your needles.  Those purl 2tog through the back loop are pretty finicky on the back side………and, try doing it this way so that you won’t scream in frustration.

Meanwhile, I am experiencing excruciating shoulder pain radiating down my arm.  My muscles feel fatigued and weak.  Any knitting or writing exasperates the pain so I am going to take the weekend off from knitting.  I can’t remember the last time I missed a day of knitting!  Not a single day!  I’m hoping that the knitting break will ease the pain along with the 800 mg of ibuprofen every six hours.  What will I do?  READ……………….

Read about spinning!









Speaking of books – did you know that Alice Starmore is reprinting ARAN KNITS?  I cannot even begin to count how many times I have checked this out from my library with bated breath hoping  that someone had not stolen it from the library.  I’ve done book searches trying to obtain a copy for a reasonable price ($100), scoured countless book stores hoping to find a discarded copy and placed bids on Ebay always seeing the price close between $275-$300.

So it is with great excitement that I have pre-ordered ARAN KNITTING.  It looks like it will be coming my way mid-September.  If it is as half as popular as Ms. Starmores’ recently reprinted Fair Isle Knitting then the publishers will not have prepared for the high demand.  I think those who did not pre-order had to wait for the second printing.  Have you pre-ordered your copy of Aran Knitting?

8 Comments on “Memories of the Alcazar

  1. I’m so sorry to hear about your shoulder. I hope the day of rest gives you relief! The Alhambra is beautiful. And yes, I’m going to pre-order the Aran Knitting book. Isn’t it exciting!

  2. Alhambra is gorgeous! I’ve liked this pattern for a while and really need to put it into my queue.

    Sorry to hear about your shoulder – hope you feel better soon!

  3. Alhambra is simply gorgeous. I have encountered a similar situation. Pain from
    my shoulder down to lower part of my arm
    and weakness when trying to raise my arm.
    I think I need to take some time off from
    knitting but I am afraid it will make me very grumpy! I knit for short periods of
    time hoping this will help – probably not!

  4. Oh thank you thank you! I keep waiting for them to reprint Aran knitting since they did her Fair Isle. I’m preordering now!

  5. Your scarf is gorgeous & the color is a great match for the pattern. Hope you are feeling better & back into knitting. Take care.

  6. Your new lace is so pretty. I also enjoy Malabrigo lace.

    Enjoy your books while you heal!

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